(Update)TRO vs. Cybercrime Law good for 120 days

October 9, 2012 10:02 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 9 — The temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court on Tuesday against the implementation of Republic Act No. 10175, otherwise known as the "Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012," is effective immediately and will last for 120 days.

In a five-page resolution dated Oct. 9, 2012, the SC consolidated the 15 petitions questioning the constitutionality of the Cybercrime Law.

The SC has set the cases for oral arguments on Jan. 15, 2013 at 2 p.m.

Likewise, the SC required the respondents — President Benigno S. Aquino III, Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr., the Senate, House of Representatives, Department of Justice, National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine National Police, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Interior and Local Government, and Office of the Solicitor General — to comment on the petitions within 10 days from notice.

The respondents were also enjoined from implementing and/or enforcing R.A. 10175 for a period of 120 days.

The 15 petitions are questioning the constitutionality of the law because it allegedly violates the right to freedom of expression, due process, equal protection, right to privacy and correspondence and right to unreasonable searches and seizures. (PNA)

SCS/PTR

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